San Jose Ban on plastic bags


(KTSF by Trista Wang)

A new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags began on Jan. 1 in San Jose. The ban applies to all retailers, not just grocery stores.

In addition, the city now requires stores to charge 10 cents per bag to customers who opt for paper instead of bringing their own reusable bags. Notably, stores will still be allowed to use protective plastic bags without handles for items such as meat and produce.

The city of San Jose says a high-quality reusable bag has the potential to replace over 600 single-use plastic bags over its lifetime, significantly reducing plastic bag litter. Plastic bags are a common litter item found in creek cleanups. Of the plastic bags collected at curbside, only 4% are recycled.

Most shoppers have a positive attitude toward this new law. They say it is good for the environment and future generations.

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